Senate committee to hear bill on pain clinics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider a proposal by Sen. Jimmy Higdon to regulate pain management facilities and try to control the prescription drug abuse problem in Kentucky.

The Lebanon Republican told the committee last Thursday his bill would define what pain management facilities are and require that they be owned by licensed physicians. It would also require physicians who prescribe pain pills to use the KASPER drug monitoring system. It would not, however, apply to the dispensing of drugs in hospitals, hospices and certain other settings.

The committee meets Thursday morning.

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